Clementine is one of the main characters in Ten Thousand Days. She's the love interest of the protagonist, and the driving force behind the main conflict and thrust of the story. I don't want to get into it much more than that and risk spoiling anything, so today's post is going to be even more lame than usual.
To (hopefully) make up for it, I'll give you some back story. The name "Clementine" is one my wife and I have tossed around for years, and we always said it would be our first daughter's name. Well, we had our daughter on March 13, and of course we didn't name her Clementine. In fact, her name is one of the reasons/excuses I've been dragging my feet about releasing Ten Thousand Days. I wanted to be 100% sure we didn't call her Clementine before I went ahead and left her name in the book.
I guess I could have just changed the name of the character, but that would have cost me my excuse for procrastinating...
But the time for procrastinating is over. I really, really, want to get this book out there in the very near future. The manuscript has been pretty much done for ages, but there's still some periphery bits to work out. A big one is the blurb.
So here it is ladies and gentlemen, the extra bonus from today's blog post, YOUR opportunity to tell me how badly this blurb sucks, and if you would buy a book based on these few meandering words:
Isaac was very good at wasting time. Video games, a mindless job, no responsibilities - he had a simple life and few wants and, despite being hopelessly average, unassuming and kind of useless, had somehow miraculously married the most beautiful and wonderful woman in the world.
He had no idea how good he had it, until it was all taken away.
Time does not like being wasted. It is mercurial, inexorable and carries a wicked grudge. And sometimes, just sometimes, it enjoys playing games with people's lives. To be perfectly honest, Time is a bit of a jerk.
Isaac had never learned to appreciate what little time he had, and now he must travel to the ends of the universe and face unspeakable evils in a cat-and-mouse game with Father Time himself for the slim chance to win back a few fleeting seconds of happiness. The price of failure? Only the end of all existence.
Ten Thousand Days is a fairy tale set in the modern day, a fantastic journey of desperate love and horror with a twisted sense of humour. It's a story of what a young man will do for love, and it's not always pretty...
So what do you think? Needs work, huh?